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Pesticide spraying scheduled in some Suffolk salt marshes Tuesday

A mosquito, a carrier for the potentially lethal

A mosquito, a carrier for the potentially lethal West Nile virus. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Parts of some Suffolk County salt marshes will be treated with pesticide Tuesday from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., weather permitting, with an eye toward controlling mosquito larvae, the county health department said.

Precautions are not necessary, health officials said, as "the helicopter will be flying at a very low level over marsh areas and taking other precautions to control airborne drift into inhabited areas."

Pesticides being used -- in this case, Vectobac 12AS and Altosid liquid -- "have no significant human toxicity," officials said.

The marshes are located in areas of the towns of Islip, Brookhaven, East Hampton, Southampton, Southold, Smithtown and Babylon.

To learn more, go to suffolkcountyny.gov/departments/healthservices.aspx

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